Something About X Caran d’Ache – SS16 Menswear by Olivia Clarke

The story of Caran d’Ache, the Swiss authority on elegant pens, pigments and other utensils, started in 1915 when Arnold Schweitzer invested in a traditional pencil factory based in Geneva. Nine years later, the company changed names to Caran d’Ache, taking on the nickname of time contemporary political satirist gaining fame across the alps in France. Throughout following decades, the company was to quietly revolutionise the traditional industry of penmanship;inventions such as the 1929 ‘Fixpencil’ have shaped how we write, sign our name or doodle to this day.

Emerging illustrator Olivia Clarke, whose work has graced the pages of Something About’s AW15 issue before, chose Caran d’Ache’s to illustrate our favourite menswear looks from the SS16 shows in London, Milan and Paris. The used colours are from a variety of Caran d’Ache collections; there are the water-soluble Prismalo aquarelle pens which come in 80 vibrant shades, and the 60 hues of soft dry pastels. Opaque black and deep blue pigments give perfect shape to Thom Browne’s Japan inspired collection, while vibrant reds and oranges highlight a flying jacket and red square toed pumps by Jonathan Anderson. Alessandro Michele’s 1970s inspired spectacle for Gucci, replete with black leather logo bag, is rendered in mustards opposing sky blue,; billowing summer coats by Bally and Raf Simons call for sun soaked aventures. Last but not least, a shorts and baggy tank top combo by Prada for when the mercury rises. Felix Bischof

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Prada SS16 



Bally SS16



 Jonathan Anderson SS16


Man-SS16-Art-4Raf Simons SS16

Man-SS16-Art-5Thom Browne SS16

  Gucci SS16

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